Beer Here: Brewing New York’s History

by Christopher Paul on May 27, 2012

The New-York Historical Society has an exhibit on the history of beer in New York City. Starting with the colonial era and ending to the modern day craft breweries which were made legal in the 70’s, they trace the impact beer has had on the city, state, and nation since New York State was the largest producer of hops in the mid–1880s.

“Exhibit sections explore such topics as: the nutritional properties of colonial beer and early New York brewers in the age of revolution; infrastructure innovations and the importance of access to clean water; large-scale brewing in nineteenth-century New York and the influence of immigration; the influence of temperance and impact of prohibition; bottling, canning, refrigeration and other technological advances; and the state of the city’s breweries in the age of mass production. Featured artifacts and documents include: a 1779 account book from a New York City brewer who sold beer and ale to both the British and patriot sides; sections of early nineteenth-century wooden pipes from one of the city’s first water systems; a bronze medal that commemorates an 1855 New York State temperance law; beer trays from a variety of late nineteenth-century brewers; sign from the campaign to repeal prohibition; and a selection of advertisements from Piels, Rheingold and Schaefer, beloved hometown brewers. The exhibit concludes with a beer hall that features a selection of favorite New York City and State artisanal beers.”

It runs until September 2 so it’s the perfect exhibit for the summer. Check out the exhibit’s home page for the beer hall hours and their admissions page for pricing.

Thanks to @Jessica_In_NOVA for sending this my way!

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